Media personality and producer, Karl Schmid talks about coming out as HIV positive in the spotlight. How this affected his life, his career, his relationships and his view of the future. In a world where HIV is no longer a death sentence, what can the media do about steering the conversation in the right direction?
With over 20 years experience in the HIV sector, Associate professor Limin Mao talks about the stark reality around people living with HIV and aged care. There’s a lot we can do to help ourselves and others in preparation.
Darryl O’Donnell, CEO of AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) paints an intriguing picture of Australia’s HIV landscape. How far we’ve come, what we still need to do and what we all can be proud of.
In February 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign released the Undetectable = Untransmissable (U=U) statement. This was based on accumulating research from the early 2000s. In the context of three major studies published in the last two years, over 450 organisations from more than 65 countries have now endorsed the statement. These include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA).
These studies provide robust evidence t...
PrEP is a preventive medication to protect you from contracting HIV.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of HIV medications by HIV-negative people to prevent HIV acquisition. People at risk of HIV are eligible for PrEP, including sexually active gay and bisexual men and transgender people, and anyone who has sexual partners of unknown HIV status, or from countries with a high incidence of HIV.
Research shows that PrEP is more than 99% effective at preventing HIV transmission when taken as direct...
U = U: What Is “U equals U”?
When a person living with HIV is taking HIV medication, the virus will be suppressed to the point where there is not enough HIV in their bloodstream for a test to measure. This is called Undetectable Viral Load. When a person is living with an Undetectable Viral Load they will experience greatly improved health outcomes, and also that person cannot transmit HIV to a partner who is HIV-negative.
HIV positive people, health and community organisations often talk about this ground-...
PEP (POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS) HELPS PREVENT HIV INFECTION AFTER POSSIBLE EXPOSURE
If you think that you have been exposed to HIV, it is very important that you act sooner rather than later. PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a month-long course of drugs that help prevent HIV infection that is taken after a possible exposure to HIV.
The sooner someone starts PEP, the better, but it must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV.
If you think that you may have been exposed to HIV,...